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When Do Beagles Shed?

At A Glance

Beagles naturally shed their coats during spring and winter. However, they may begin to shed more hair in unnatural and irregular periods due to the following:

  • As a response to stress
  • Malnourishment and other underlying health issues

Note that shaving will not help control or manage beagle shedding. Instead, it is best to keep your beagle healthy and happy with exercise, a balanced diet, and regular grooming. This will keep shedding low and easy to predict during the spring and winter.

Last Updated on: Jul 16, 2022




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Adopting a dog comes with many responsibilities. Hair shedding frequency and fur maintenance are among the things all dog owners must know.

If you’re adopting a beagle, one of the questions you might have is, ‘When do Beagles shed?’

At the beginning of spring, beagles shed their winter coat for a thinner and lighter one. A few months later, they will shed these summer coats for thicker fur as cold weather rolls in.

However, beagles can shed their fur for various other reasons. Keep reading to learn about beagle shedding and how to manage it.

The Beagle’s Coat

The beagle is a native English breed reared for hunting rabbits and hares. Thanks to its exceptional sense of smell and large ears, it is a great hunting companion.

Their physical features evolved from their hunting skills, giving them short, dense, smooth weather and waterproof double coats. The outer coat forms a thicker, coarser layer that protects them against weather and moisture. The inner coat is softer and safeguards them from the cold.

As they mature, beagles completely shed their puppy coats. Their adult coats then undergo two natural sheddings during spring and winter.

Beagles aren’t known to shed much, but this may differ from dog to dog.

When Do Beagles Shed A Lot?

In this guide, we’ve listed all the possible reasons behind their shedding.

Let’s explore them in detail.

Growing Stages

Beagles typically start shedding at 3 months, which can take up to a year.

Some beagle pups’ fur might come out in patches, while others come out in barely noticeable strands.

Seasonal Shedding

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Just as you shop for winter wear to prepare for the cold months, your dog needs to adjust to the changes in weather. This process is also known as a coat blow.
Beagles shed their coats seasonally, during winter and spring. This keeps their bodies warm or cool as the weather demands it.

Changes in temperature or lighting can also affect shedding and trigger hair fall off-season.

Stress

Dogs feel stress, too, which can be why they unnaturally shed hair.

How do you know your dog is under stress? Here are a few signs to look for.

Allergies

sick beagle

Another cause of fur loss is allergies.

Your dog can be allergic to many things, including pollen, fleas, perfumes, and the changing seasons. Visit a veterinarian for an allergy check to rule out possible allergens.

Jeff Levy, DVM of New York, says, “It’s vital to pay close attention to our pet’s health when it is young.” He reiterated that identifying illnesses such as allergies is essential for providing preventive treatments.

Underlying Health Issues

Some of the health issues that can cause fur loss in dogs include:

  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Acanthosis nigricans (hyperpigmentation)
  • Alopecia
  • Dermatomyositis

Talk to your vet to screen your dog for potential health issues and skin infections.

Poor Quality Grooming Products

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Poor-quality shampoos might cause shedding. If you’re unsure of a product’s safety, try a patch test first. You can also ask your veterinarian for suggestions for the best dog grooming products.

Note that dog shampoo is very different from human shampoo.

Nutritional Deficiencies

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Malnourishment can be a significant cause of hair loss in dogs. Is your beagle getting all the essential nutrients from its diet alone? Ask your veterinarian for the best ingredients and meals to maintain your dog’s health.

If your dog’s shedding is far from average, we’ve got some management tips.

How to Manage or Keep Beagle Shedding Low?

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Here are some best practices to manage your dog’s hair and prevent beagle shedding like crazy:

Regular Bathing

Bathing strips the skin of natural oils, so you shouldn’t do it too often.

Bathe your beagle once every 8 weeks. This time frame allows your dog’s skin to adapt to the schedule and refresh its oils.

Bathe them more often, and you risk giving your beagle dry and itchy skin.

Regular Brushing

Brush your beagle’s fur 1 to 2 times a week throughout the year and more frequently during the shedding season. This will loosen the strands, allowing the hair to fall out quickly. It also improves blood circulation in the skin.

Will Shaving Prevent My Beagle’s Fur From Shedding?
No, shaving does not prevent shedding. It will do more harm to your dog than good.

Dog fur grows as it adapts to its environment. Interfering with this process risks your dog’s health.

Here’s what Joe Bartges, professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says about dog shedding: “Shedding is a natural process that allows for loss of older and often dead hair so that new hair can grow in.”

Deshedding Tools

Deshedding tools are best used during shedding seasons. Use special slicker brushes and wide-toothed combs that help remove your dog’s fur right before it falls.

Regular Exercise

The beagle is a hunting breed that requires at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. If you don’t provide this level of exercise, you risk your dog’s health.

Regular Vet Visits

Preventing disease is better than diagnosing or treating it. Schedule regular clinic visits and have your veterinarian check your beagle’s health, weight, and the quality of its fur and skin.

Do Beagles Shed in Clumps?

No, beagles aren’t known to shed in clumps. However, they may bite or scratch to get fleas and ticks off, causing hair to fall out in bunches.

If your dog’s hair is falling off on its own, you should take it seriously.

When Should You Worry Over Your Beagle’s Shedding?

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Are you worried something else might be the cause of your beagle’s excessive hair loss?

Here are a few things to look out for in addition to shedding:

  • Inflamed skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Hair falling out in patches
  • Liquid oozing
  • Sores
  • Excessive dandruff
  • Flaky skin
  • Rashes
  • Dry skin
  • Red skin
  • Bald spots

when do beagles shed

Beagles are strong, loving, active dogs with a double coat that will do well in most climates. With a layer to protect and a layer to warm, they have all the traits a hunting breed should need. And they don’t even shed much!

If you’re worried about your beagle pups’ excessive shedding, wait a few months. It might just be a puppy coat. If you have an older dog, use our guide to determine possible causes for hair loss. If the shedding persists, don’t hesitate to visit your vet.

Are you thinking of adopting a dog that doesn’t shed much? The beagle is a safe option.

 

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